A story of remarkable firsts — Kamala Harris became the first woman Vice President of the United States on January 20, 2021. She’s also the first South Asian and African American woman to occupy the office.
Harris is a determined fighter who has been breaking gender and color barriers throughout her life. She was the top prosecutor in San Francisco and the first woman to serve as California’s Attorney General. Born to a Jamaican father and Indian mother, Harris grew up embracing both cultures while living a proudly American life.
In 1996, President Clinton selected Madeline Albright to represent the interests of the United States in foreign affairs. The appointment made Albright the first female Secretary of State. Albright was an outspoken advocate for human rights. She brokered peace in the Middle East and was one of the few diplomats against the expansion of nuclear weapons.
Albright left a legacy of hope for women, girls, and minorities. From a young girl who fled Nazi aggression in Czechoslovakia to serving in one of the highest diplomatic ranks in the United States – Albright was inspirational.
Figure skater Michelle Kwan is no stranger to picking herself up after falling. Kwan’s star quality burned brightly in an arena with big names like Sasha Cohen and Tara Lipinski.
She is a five-time World Champion and two-time Olympic gold medallist. Kwan was one of the most celebrated figure skaters in the ’90s. Watching her glide through the ice gave many Asian kids hope that they could do the same one day.
Taylor Swift is the most successful singer-songwriter this generation has seen. And she’s a force to be reckoned with outside her music. She fights passionately for equal pay and women’s rights. Her songs resonate deeply with a massive Gen Z and millennial fanbase that idolizes her. From a young age, Swift has been the subject of media scrutiny and biting ridicule from critics and peers alike – but has never backed down.
The artist’s powerful conviction about her craft comes through in her compelling, narrative songwriting style. Swift has sold over 13 million albums and won countless awards to date.
Sherly Swoopes is a WNBA legend AKA the “female Michael Jordan.” A formidable title and well-deserved too. Swoopes was one of the first women signed onto the WNBA. Her career paved the way for other basketball greats, but they continue to have big shoes to fill.
Swoopes is a three-time WNBA MVP, a three-time Olympic gold medallist, and ranks at the top of every conceivable WNBA player list. Since Swoopes joined the WNBA, the number of women players and viewership has undeniably increased.